• Jimmy Garoppolo - QB
    Posted 4/23/17 11:27am ET

    New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo figures to be the target of several last-ditch trade attempts from the Cleveland Browns leading up to the start of the 2017 NFL Draft, but the Boston Herald's Karen Guregian considers a potential deal a 'long shot' that would require an 'overwhelming offer'.

    Huddle Up: The Patriots have stood firm all spring on Garoppolo and consider him more valuable than the 12th overall selection, while the Browns have shown no desire to trade the No. 1 overall pick, so don't expect a deal to happen between now and Thursday. Texas A&M's Myles Garrett remains the favorite for the top pick, although the Browns' front office and coaching staff is reportedly split between him and North Carolina's Mitchell Trubisky.

  • Jimmy Garoppolo - QB
    Posted 4/23/17 5:14pm ET

    New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo 'isn't going anywhere,' according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

    Huddle Up: With Garoppolo slated for backup duty again in 2017, he won't have much fantasy value outside of keeper leagues.

  • James White - RB
    Posted 4/21/17 6:48am ET

    Updating previous reports, New England Patriots RB James White's three-year extension is worth $12.69 million with $5.69 million guaranteed and a $4 million signing bonus.

    Huddle Up: These guys have a lot of running backs and only so many plays to go around. White made a strong case for Super Bowl MVP, and he, and Dion Lewis, have the most upside in the backfield that also includes Rex Burkhead and potentially Mike Gillislee. This could be a weekly mix and match, but White is a high-end RB3 right now.

  • James White - RB
    Posted 4/18/17 4:11pm ET

    New England Patriots RB James White agreed to a three-year contract extension Tuesday, April 18, according to a source. He is now signed through 2020. Financial terms were not disclosed.

    Huddle Up: The Patriots backfield is pretty stacked now with the likes of James White, Dion Lewis, Rex Burkhead and possibly Mike Gillislee, among others. Talk about a committee. This backfield could turn into a crapshoot if all these guys stay healthy. White and Lewis have the most upside, but they're all better fits for PPR leagues.

  • Tom Brady - QB
    Posted 4/16/17 1:16pm ET

    New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is expected to participate in the offseason workouts that start Monday, April 17.

    Huddle Up: Brady probably will be limited during the offseason and will enter next season as one of the top quarterbacks for fantasy owners. He likely will be selected early in drafts and will be a weekly starting option.

  • LeGarrette Blount - RB
    Posted 4/10/17 3:40pm ET

    Free-agent RB LeGarrette Blount (Patriots) does not plan to sign the current offer from the New England Patriots, which he received at the start of free agency.

    Huddle Up: Blount wants to re-sign with the Patriots but likely is looking for more money, but the Patriots are sticking with their first offer. He had an outstanding 2016 season with the Patriots and would have a similar role if he re-signs. He would be a No. 2 or No. 3 fantasy running back if he returns to New England.

  • LeGarrette Blount - RB
    Posted 4/9/17 5:23pm ET

    Free-agent RB LeGarrette Blount (Patriots) is likely to re-sign with the New England Patriots sooner rather than later, according to beat writer Jim McBride.

    Huddle Up: If Blount does return, his role as the power back in New England's high-scoring offense should keep him in the RB2 mix.

  • LeGarrette Blount - RB
    Posted 4/7/17 4:38pm ET

    Free-agent RB LeGarrette Blount (Patriots) has received a contract offer from the New England Patriots this offseason.

    Huddle Up: Blount likely would continue to receive most of the carries if he decides to re-sign with the Patriots but may be looking for a more lucrative contract from a team. Blount can be a No. 2 or No. 3 running back in fantasy leagues if he is back with New England.

  • LeGarrette Blount - RB
    Posted 4/4/17 4:37pm ET

    New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount would like to return to Patriots after next season and the Patriots would like him back. However, Blount and the Patriots remain on different terms in regards to a long-term contract.

    Huddle Up: Blount led all NFL running backs last year with 18 touchdowns -- easily the most of any season in his career. Odds are that 2016 will end up being a career year for Blount, so expectations should be lowered going forward. He is capable of double-digit touchdowns, but don't view Blount as more than a low-end RB2 in standard leagues.

  • Rob Gronkowski - TE
    Posted 4/3/17 7:36am ET

    New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back) said he'll be ready for offseason workouts.

    Huddle Up: The injuries are starting to really pile up on Gronk, who turns 28 in May. He's one of the best players in fantasy when healthy, but you really have to back him up with an upside tight end.

  • Tom Brady - QB
    Posted 3/31/17 6:12am ET

    New England Patriots QB Tom Brady receives a $14 million deferred signing bonus payment Friday, March 31.

    Huddle Up: He'll be 40 in August as he tries to break the mold of quarterbacks falling off a cliff statistically after 40. He has shown no signs of it. He averaged 296 yards passing in 12 games last year and threw for 28 scores and two picks. He remains a high-end QB1 in fantasy.

  • Tom Brady - QB
    Posted 3/27/17 1:12pm ET

    New England Patriots QB Tom Brady told owner Robert Kraft that he hopes to play for six or seven more years.

    Huddle Up: Brady has only suffered one serious injury during his 17 years in the NFL. His production has yet to take a big hit, too. He'll be 40 next season, but he's coming off a year in which he threw 28 touchdowns and just two interceptions in 12 games. He's a perennial QB1 candidate.

  • Michael Floyd - WR
    Posted 3/24/17 9:22am ET

    Free-agent WR Michael Floyd (Patriots) is a 'long shot' to return to the New England Patriots after they acquired Brandin Cooks earlier this month, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

    Huddle Up: Floyd was sentenced to 24 days in jail and 96 days of home detention earlier this offseason as a result of his in-season extreme DUI, so the combination of that punishment and the Patriots' trade of Cooks doesn't leave much room for him. It looks like Floyd could be waiting until training camp before he finds a home, if even then.

  • LeGarrette Blount - RB
    Posted 3/19/17 2:14pm ET

    Free-agent RB LeGarrette Blount (Patriots) could be an option for the New York Giants because they are looking for a power running back to complement RB Paul Perkins, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Jordan Raanan.

    Huddle Up: Blount has not been linked to many teams this offseason but should find a new team before the start of training camp. He may not be able to find a starting job but should be part of a running back committee. He could be a No. 3 or No. 4 fantasy running back depending on his team and his role.

  • Jimmy Garoppolo - QB
    Posted 3/16/17 3:29pm ET

    New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo may end up sticking with the team for 2017 and beyond, as there is a 'persistent belief within league circles' that they truly want to keep him. The thinking is that QB Tom Brady's 'magic number' is three more years or perhaps fewer if he wins one more Super Bowl, and that head coach Bill Belichick has decided after one year of working with him that he doesn't believe QB Jacoby Brissett will become a 'true franchise quarterback.'

    Huddle Up: For owners looking to ride Garoppolo in the upcoming campaign while he begins his journey on another club, it's starting to look like that may never come to fruition. Obviously, if he becomes a starter somewhere else, he'll be someone worth watching, but at this point in time it looks like he'll hold no fantasy value while remaining behind Brady in New England.

  • Brandin Cooks - WR
    Posted 3/14/17 6:51pm ET

    New England Patriots WR Brandin Cooks played 21 games at home in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and 21 games on the road during his first three seasons in the league with the New Orleans Saints. While his receptions and targets were split pretty evenly, he accumulated 1,644 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns in the Superdome, compared to 1,217 yards and seven touchdowns in away contests.

    Huddle Up: This shouldn't deter owners from being high on Cooks going into the 2017 campaign, as it's just something to think about, since he'll be playing more in outdoor weather. Despite these splits, however, Cooks figures to have the potential to be a WR1, considering he still has a top quarterback throwing to him, and the fact that the Patriots have remarkably been amongst the three highest-scoring teams in each of the past seven seasons.

  • Martellus Bennett - TE
    Posted 3/10/17 3:13pm ET

    Free-agent TE Martellus Bennett (Patriots) has agreed to terms with the Green Bay Packers Friday, March 10, according to a source. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

    Huddle Up: Bennett struggled with some injuries last season but still finished the season with 701 yards and seven touchdowns. He should have a major role in the Packers' passing game in 2017 and can be a No. 1 tight end in all fantasy leagues.

  • Jimmy Garoppolo - QB
    Posted 3/9/17 3:30pm ET

    The Cleveland Browns will continue their efforts to trade for New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo, according to sources.

    Huddle Up: The Patriots are reportedly asking for the No. 1 overall pick in next month's draft. Meanwhile, the Browns have two 2017 first-round picks, two 2017 second-round selections and three second-round picks in 2018 following the Brock Osweiler trade. With that much ammunition, Cleveland could also consider a more proven veteran with a long-term contract. (Garoppolo is set to become a free agent in 2018.) Whichever route the Browns go, their quarterback will be no more than a low-end QB2 option in fantasy in 2017.

  • Martellus Bennett - TE
    Posted 3/8/17 8:20pm ET

    New England Patriots impending free-agent TE Martellus Bennett announced on his Twitter account Wednesday, March 8, he will not return to the Patriots in 2017.

    Huddle Up: This news became fait accompli the moment the Patriots' trade for Dwayne Allen was announced on Wednesday. Bennett is arguably the best free-agent tight end on the market and is expected to command a fairly sizable deal, so he doesn't figure to be out of work for long. The Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders and New York Giants are reportedly the three teams pursuing him the hardest. Any of those situations should allow him to be a low-end fantasy TE1 in 2017.

  • LeGarrette Blount - RB
    Posted 3/6/17 5:42am ET

    New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount is expected to receive an offer in free agency the team won't match, and they're believed to be prepared for it.

    Huddle Up: The backfield in New England is a little crowded after James White's emergence in the Super Bowl. Blount is coming off a monster 18-touchdown year, and it's tough to expect a repeat performance from the 30-year-old this year. He'll be in the RB1 discussion, but he's a more secure RB2.

  • Jimmy Garoppolo - QB
    Posted 3/5/17 5:43pm ET

    New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo hasn't been traded because no team has come close to meeting the asking price, according to a source.

    Huddle Up: Unless a team steps up and makes a move for Garoppolo, he is going to be a fantasy afterthought as he sits behind Tom Brady for another year.

  • Martellus Bennett - TE
    Posted 3/5/17 6:43pm ET

    New England Patriots impending free-agent TE Martellus Bennett is on the radar of the Oakland Raiders.

    Huddle Up: If the Raiders are able to sign Bennett, he would immediately become Oakland's top tight and a low-end TE1 option for fantasy owners.

  • Jimmy Garoppolo - QB
    Posted 3/2/17 6:26pm ET

    New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo could still be traded if the offer is right and 'everything is still on the table,' according to a league source.

    Huddle Up: Unless Garoppolo is traded, his fantasy value will continue to be limited to dynasty formats.

  • Jimmy Garoppolo - QB
    Posted 3/1/17 5:58am ET

    New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo is unlikely to be traded, according to league sources.

    Huddle Up: Garoppolo has zero fantasy luster behind Tom Brady, and he'll need a trade in order to have a pulse in fantasy in 2017.

  • Rob Gronkowski - TE
    Posted 2/24/17 10:56am ET

    New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back) told ESPN's Cari Champion on Friday, Feb. 24, he has 'no doubt' he will be ready for the start of the 2017 season.

    Huddle Up: The 27-year-old Gronkowski is recovering from his third back surgery since 2009 and his eighth surgery overall, but he remains undaunted in his quest to dominate NFL defenses. Gronk was rarely ever completely healthy in 2016 and was limited to eight games, finishing with 25 catches for 540 yards and three touchdowns. Assuming he is cleared in time to start the opener, Gronkowski should return to the top of the heap at his position and be a worthy top-20 pick in fantasy again.

  • Martellus Bennett - TE
    Posted 2/21/17 4:49pm ET

    New England Patriots impending free-agent TE Martellus Bennett will test the free-agent market. Based on his asking price, he could be with a different team next season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

    Huddle Up: Bennett will likely be the most coveted free-agent tight end this offseason, so he's bound to receive some attractive offers from teams other than the Patriots. Bennett was hindered by Rob Gronkowski in 2016, when Gronk was healthy, but he has proven to be a capable starter. He scored three touchdowns in one game even with Gronk active. Wherever Bennett plays and/or starts, he has TE1 potential.

  • Tom Brady - QB
    Posted 2/16/17 6:27am ET

    New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has expressed mutual interest in a new contract with the team, according to source. Talks are in preliminary stages. Brady is signed through 2019. He will earn $1 million in 2017, but he has a $14 million salary cap number.

    Huddle Up: Brady was fifth in fantasy points per game among quarterbacks last season and had a ridiculous 28-to-2 touchdown-to-pick ratio. He remains an elite option at quarterback in fantasy.

  • Martellus Bennett - TE
    Posted 2/13/17 3:39pm ET

    The New England Patriots are interested in re-signing impending free-agent TE Martellus Bennett but may not be willing to get into a bidding war for him if other teams are interested, in the opinion of ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss.

    Huddle Up: Bennett should receive interest from teams as long as he recovers from the injuries he suffers during the season. He should be considered a low-end No. 1 or a No. 2 fantasy tight end next season depending on his role.

  • Danny Amendola - WR
    Posted 2/12/17 10:18am ET

    New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola is due $6 million in base salary in 2017, but it is a 'certainty' he will not be returning under the turn of his current contract, according to ESPN.com's Mike Reiss.

    Huddle Up: Amendola keeps producing in big games and the team obviously trusts him in those spots (eight catches for 78 yards, a touchdown and a game-tying two-point conversion in Super Bowl LI), but he is the No. 4 receiver on the team behind Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell. As a result, he'll probably need to take another sizable pay cut like he has each of the last two years in order to remain in Foxboro. He can be ignored in most fantasy leagues.

  • Jimmy Garoppolo - QB
    Posted 2/12/17 10:29am ET

    New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to attract a second-round selection from interested teams this offseason, according to the Boston Globe's Ben Volin.

    Huddle Up: There have been reports that Garoppolo's price tag may be as high as a first- and fourth-rounder, but this sounds more reasonable. Volin notes that Matt Cassel, Kevin Kolb, Matt Schaub were traded under similar circumstances and all fetched second-round picks. Regardless of where he lands, he'll probably settle in as a low-end QB2 in fantasy.

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